WCU Hosts Undergraduate and Graduate Research Presentations

The WCU Undergraduate Research Expo and the Graduate Research Symposium is underway this week.

The Undergraduate Expo took place beginning on Monday, Mar. 23 and lasted through Thursday, Mar. 26. The event involved roughly 200 student presenters and 70 faculty sponsors, representing 23 academic departments. The expo schedule includesd presentations on a variety of topics and is sponsored by the WCU Honors College.

The expo poster session was held from 5-6:30 pm on Wednesday, Mar. 25 in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center. There was also a reception for students, faculty sponsors and the general public at 5:30 pm.

Sponsored by the Graduate School, the Graduate Research Symposium ran from 11 am to 8 pm on Mar. 26 at the A.K. Hinds University Center. About 90 graduate students presented projects on topics such as “Towards a Multi-Dimensional Approach to Cherokee Immersion Language Arts,” “Effects of Trekking Poles on Knee Mechanics” and “Connectivity of Carolina Northern Flying Squirrel Foraging Habitat.”

Participating students and their faculty sponsors were honored at a reception at 5 pm on Mar. 26 in the Grandroom.

During the reception, student winners will be announced from the Graduate School’s Student Research Competition and an award will be presented for the “Best Research Presentation.” Honors will also be given in the categories of humanities, sciences, technology, education, social sciences, health, business, and fine and performing arts.

Details from the events, as well a list of the winners, will be featured in the next edition of the Western Carolinian.